by Harley Howard

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Proverbs Chapter 17 (18 of 32)
Series: The Book of Proverbs
Harley Howard

1 Better is a dry morsel, and quietness therewith, than an house full of sacrifices with strife.

This verse is similar to chapter 15:16-17 (read). The contrast in chapter 17:1 is even more prominent. The dry morsel refers to a crust of bread. It is better to be eating a piece of old, crusty bread with quietness. I could not believe the translation of this word quietness. It means uninterrupted prosperity and security. The vision or image of a man and his family eating a piece of crusty bread is the last image that we would associate with prosperity, but it is exactly that.

True prosperity is not always associated with material things, but with one's relationship with God and most of us have not learned that great truth to this day. It is better to have a crusty piece of dried up bread with the Lord's security than to have a house filled to the full with the best of sacrificed meats to the Lord, with strife or contention, quarreling.

2 A wise servant shall have rule over a son that causeth shame, and shall have part of the inheritance among the brethren.

This very truth came to pass after Solomon's death with his own servant Jeroboam. Jeroboam was Solomon's servant and Rehoboam was Solomon's son who caused him shame. Jeroboam, Solomon's servant was given authority over 10 of the twelve tribes of Israel while Rehoboam was run out of town.

3 The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the LORD trieth the hearts.

This is a most important verse that we need to stop and examine in some detail.

1) The process of both heating Gold and silver is for the purpose of removal of dross and impurities which hinders its genuine value.

2) The process of extracting dross and impurities happens when the precious metals are purified under intense heat.

James and Peter and John use this same imagery to describe the production of genuine faith. Ja ...

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